Southern Transport Development Project, ADB Funded Section SIA, EIA, Preliminary Engineering and Detailed Design

The ADB has assisted the Government of Sri Lanka in developing a concept for an improved road connection between Colombo and the Southern Province. A loan from the ADB has been approved to finance the engineering services required under the project. The proposed highway will improve the efficiency of the road sector as part of an overall strategy for raising national economic performance. The Project will also have a major influence on the development of the economically disadvantaged Southern Region and will improve the living standards of the population in the area. The proposed highway’s direct influence area encompasses four districts, namely, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara with a combined population of 4.7 million. Its extended influence area, essentially the entire South of the country, takes in almost half the country population. Although the southern region has so far achieved a modest level of economic development, the poverty levels in the region have estimated to be about 21 percent of the region’s population. Therefore, it is considered crucial to provide the region with an improvement in the transport link suggest how financial intervention could promote land consolidation, crop diversification and non-farm IGA towards increasing agriculture productivity. with the rest of the economy, in particular with the dominant Colombo region.

Project details

  • Name of client Road Development Authority (RDA)
  • Location Southern Province, Sri Lanka
  • Country Sri Lanka
  • Start date November 1999
  • Completion date January 2001
  • Origin of funding Asian Development Bank
  • Name of partnersWilbur Smith Associates, USA

Related Projects